SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
ANGIE BUTLER'S BOOK LAUNCHED AUGUST 2011
Wild went to sea at 16, in 1890, with the Merchant Navy, and joined the Royal Navy when he was 26.In 1901 he was serving as an Able Seaman aged 27 on HMS Edinburgh, in Sheerness; that year he joined Scott's Discovery as a sailor, and there he befriended Shackleton. He then served on Shackleton's Nimrod expedition, and was one of the four to achieve Furthest South, within 180 km of the South Pole. He led the Western Party on Mawson's Australian expedition 1911-13, and was Shackleton's no. 2 on the Endurance expedition, taking command of the 22 men marooned on Elephant Island. Lastly he was no. 2 on the Quest expedition and completed it as commander following Shackleton's death in January 1922.
The end of Wild's life remains a puzzle. He supposedly died in penury, unable to come to terms with Ernest Shackleton's death and forgotten by his fellow men in the small mining town of Klerksdorp near Johannesburg.
The author's seven-year journey finally uncovers an extraordinary untold story, and by doing so not only fulfils Wild's wish to have his Memoirs published, but ultimately makes an astonishing discovery.